Black Milk with band Nat Turner

Black Milk with band Nat Turner

Zee Will, Sunny Levine

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

8:30 pm

Soda Bar

$15.00 - $18.00

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This event is 21 and over

Black Milk with band Nat Turner
Black Milk with band Nat Turner
As one of the most prodigious and versatile talents in the world of hip-hop, Black Milk has conditioned fans and critics to expect the unexpected with each release. His first offering of 2016 is a live instrumental LP, The Rebellion Sessions, created in conjunction with the band Nat Turner (Aaron “Ab” Abernathy on keys, Malik Hunter on bass, and Zebulun “Z” Horton on drums). The album, released on April 4th, is a product of a week-long jam session that was orchestrated, recorded, mixed and mastered by Black Milk in December of 2015. Although the guys have appeared on Black’s previous works, The Rebellion Sessions is the first project created amongst the four as a collaborative unit. The album builds off Black Milk and Nat Turner’s incredible live show, honed over the course of years and more than 90 shows played worldwide in 2015 alone. Their 2016 Rebellion Tour will hit Europe, the US and Canada beginning this May.

Critical Praise for Black Milk
“Black Milk’s solo career represents a constant cycle of adopting and mastering new production styles and then abandoning them before they become crutches.” – Pitchfork

“His samples are elegant, his rhythms challenging and his drum kits tight.” – NPR

“Cross has no need for these extras; in his world of soul-tugging productions and machinegun-as-velvet delivery they are merely distractions. On this realization, and in the moment, it was hard not be floored by the obvious: this is what talent with genuine poise really looks and sounds like.” – Dallas Observer

“Striking an impressive balance between being rehearsed and spontaneous, he proved his chops as a multitalented artist once again.” – Okayplayer

“It feels like Christmas every time Black Milk blesses us with a new record.” – FreeOnSmash
Sunny Levine
Sunny Levine
Unravel the rich complexity of ​Sunny Levine’s​ expansive worldview in ​Notions​, the new album on ​Alpha Pup Records​ by the singer, songwriter, and producer. Eight tracks inspire a spine-tingling sense of exploration through an unmapped realm using subtle mood shifts, manipulated vocals, and articulated sound design. An album of both sonic luminance and singularity through the conceptual lens, ​Notions​ sprouts adventurous forms of life in every instance.

“It’s just some Notions,”​ explains Levine, ​“I have a definitive story and universe that I am writing this record from, but the listener doesn’t necessarily need to know that or try to follow it implicitly. You can take from it what you will and make sense of it how you see fit. There are hidden layers that can peel back to reveal different rhythms and harmonies – things catch you off guard but you can orient yourself in the landscape. There’s plenty of room to roam around.”

Levine’s ​Notions​ breaks new ground musically with post-apocalyptic rhythm and blues steeped in vague nostalgia. It's as if someone went about making R&B music but had never actually heard it before. This contradictory feeling of intimate familiarity in an unknown world amplifies the album’s cerebral magnetism. Just to highlight a few of the offerings across ​Notions​, “Famous Dog from Japan” is tenuous yet bright, with a mélange of male and female vocals, bells, beats, and light-footed synths.​ ​“D.A.Z.E.” wavers with distortion behind a slow-rolling surfer vibe, featuring the undeniable greatness of living legend ​Ry Cooder​. Shout out to the stars in “Out Here” and drift off into a soulful dream in “Don’t I Know That.” With avant-funk lyrics and a pensive gaze, “Crime Lords” fuses a gospel uplift with the raw growl of featured group ​Shabazz Palaces​. With production duties on Shabazz Palaces' last album ​Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines​, Sunny Levine continues their journey together with a spell binding bridge into the future of music.

Closing with more questions than when it began, ​Notions​ urges audiences to return again and again for a voyage that peels the layers back through each listen. The lyrical messaging and intended effects also correlate to the state of society and the human experience as a whole. ​“All around us it seems the art of nuance is in heavy decline. People look for things to be definitive, cut and dry. Yet, that’s not really how the universe runs. There are levels to things, hidden deeper meanings,”​ shares Levine.​“I feel like we are in the middle of some very trying times worldwide. We are all so desperately distracted.

Searching for new ways to be distracted. It’s like we’re living through an MP3 version of experience, where we’re missing the feelings and stories that used to ground us. I would love nothing more than if this music gave some people comfort and a headspace to think some notions of their own.”

Sunny Levine hails from one of the most legendary musical bloodlines on the planet. His grandfather ​Quincy Jones​ made music with icons like ​Frank Sinatra​ and ​Michael Jackson​. His father ​Stewart Levine​ (who plays horns on this album) worked with ​B.B. King​, ​Joe Cocker,​ and ​Simply Red​ – and Sunny’s uncle ​QD3 produced records for ​Tupac​ and ​Ice Cube​. But the family's latest heir has blazed numerous trails on his own, scoring films and crafting albums with artists such as ​Pete Yorn​, ​Scarlett Johansson​, ​Happy Mondays​, and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti​. ​Notions​ is a continuation of this powerful legacy and builds new roads for the seasoned Los Angeles-based musician.

Notions​ by Sunny Levine will be released worldwide via Alpha Pup Records on June 15, 2018.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104